FEEL THE FREEDOM with Freedom of the Line
Discover our quintessentially English 16-mile journey through the delightful Severn Valley in the very heart of rural England with our ‘Freedom of the Line’ UNLIMITED travel ticket.
With a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket, you’ll get to explore the whole of the 16-mile journey; hopping on and off at station stops, discovering some of the most beautiful countryside in England, whilst also getting to experience the delights on offer in the riverside towns of Bewdley and Bridgnorth, both just a short walk from our stations.
Our Railway is a fascinating place to visit, with historic stations; a variety of historic carriages; The Engine House Visitor Centre, and with lots of volunteers to meet along the way, you’ll be sure to have a day to remember. Did you know many of our volunteers have been working on the Railway for over 50 years? So, you’ll get to the chance to meet passionate people with some captivating stories to tell about the Railway from days gone by. We’ve also got one of Britain’s largest carriage collections in heritage railway preservation with over sixty working vehicles, all of which are historically important, and the oldest being over 100 years old.
Our steam trains are quite a spectacle; as they wind their way alongside the River Severn through pretty, riverside towns and villages; where you’ll get to see the trains puffing along and hear the echo of the whistle in the distance.
We recommend embarking on your scenic train journey from either Kidderminster or Bridgnorth, so you can take in all the views from the window whilst enjoying comfort in one of our historic carriages. Choose from sitting in your own compartment, at a table, or why not upgrade to First Class and travel in style?
Severn Valley Railway Days Out Ideas
Here’s just a few ideas for how you can spend your day here with us at the Severn Valley Railway if you choose to start from Kidderminster Station. Please check our train times to plan your journey as you may not be able to squeeze it all in on one day.
Arrive early at Kidderminster Station to enjoy a home-cooked delicious breakfast in Kidderminster Refreshment Room or on the station concourse and then take a short stroll around the station.
Arrive at Bewdley Station and take a 10-minute stroll to the riverside or choose to walk a little further to visit the town, home to Bewdley Museum and some independent shops in a lovely Georgian setting. Alternatively, Bewdley station is a great spot to watch the trains go by.
Depart Bewdley and take the train to Arley, but make sure you look out the window to view the beauty spots of Trimpley reservoir and the views across the River Severn from Victoria Bridge.
Arley is a lovely riverside village with a stunning Arboretum, which is only a 10 to 15-minute walk away from our cute Railway station, over a footbridge across the River Severn. Arley Arboretum entry fees apply.
Highley & The Engine House
Alight at Highley to experience The Engine House Visitor Centre with various locos on display, where you’ll be able to get up close to ‘Gordon’, a beast of a locomotive, the Royal carriage – once the Royal transportation for King George VI, Lady Armaghdale – the little red engine and the travelling Post Office, amongst a variety of other displays and exhibitions.
Visitors get FREE entry to The Engine House Visitor Centre with a ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket and it’s the perfect place to stop along the way for a refreshment at the upstairs café with terrace views to Highley Station and the River Severn. Alternatively, take a short stroll down to the riverside and enjoy a pint in The Ship Inn.
Severn Valley Country Park
Continuing your journey towards Bridgnorth make sure you look out the window as the scenery is spectacular especially as the train takes you through the Severn Valley Country Park. Tell the Guard before you leave Highley if you wish to alight at the Country Park Halt. The scenery is breathtaking with views across the Severn Valley, and it’s a great place to watch the steam engines rolling through the countryside in the distance.
Next up the line is Hampton Loade, where there was once a ferry, transporting passengers across the river. Today, you’ll get to see a very pretty station with access to riverside walks and picnic spots as well as a ‘live steam’ model railway operating every Sunday and during some special events.
Arriving in Bridgnorth, you can choose to have a pint of CAMRA real ale or a G&T in The Railwayman’s Arms, or a bite to eat in our Refreshment Room. Alternatively, take the walk into Bridgnorth town to do some independent shopping, tour the castle ruins or take the oldest and steepest inland electric cliff railway in the country down to the riverside quay for some lovely walks.
Brand new for 2018, you can follow the Bridgnorth Sculpture Trail, starting at the Station.
Freedom of the Line Tickets
There’s so much more to the Severn Valley Railway than just a train ride. It’s where every journey ends with a memory!
Come and experience it for yourself with our unlimited travel ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket from just £19.80 per person, or £49 for a family.
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